I can't wait to share this Gluten Free Chocolate Peppermint Trifle recipe. You get all the chocolaty deliciousness without the gluten!
Holidays can be tough when you eat gluten free. So many parties, and so many treats that you can't eat! I'm happy to report that you can eat this one, and you can freeze individual portions so that you can take it with you to holiday parties.
I actually made two versions of this yummy dessert -- one for my gluten-tolerating family members, and one for my gluten-free daughter.
Today I'm sharing my gluten-free version. You'll notice two main differences from the original:
- The cake mix is gluten-free
- Because the flavor and texture of gluten-free baked goods tend to deteriorate if it's not eaten right away, I made my dessert in single-serving portions that can be frozen.
Gluten Free Chocolate Peppermint Trifle
- 1 Recipe of your favorite gluten-free chocolate cake--baked and cooled (I used Betty Crocker Gluten Free Devils Food Chocolate Cake Mix, and it was yummy!)
- 1 small box of chocolate pudding (+milk)--prepared according to package directions (wait for cake to cool before you prepare the pudding)
- 1 small tub of whipped topping
- ¼-1/2 pkg Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips
- 3 large peppermint Candy Canes--crushed
Cut cooled cake into small cubes. (I prepared my cake as cupcakes. Some I used for this dessert, and others I frosted and froze for my daughter to take to birthday parties.) Cover the bottom of your jar with cake pieces. Sprinkle with candy canes and Andes peppermint bits (allowing some to fall around the cake pieces and show through the jar). Top with a scoop or two of pudding and a scoop or two of whipped topping. Sprinkle with candy cane and Andes peppermint bits again, and repeat the layers.
You may be wondering, why did I put the dessert into jars instead of into a large bowl? Because I only have one gluten-free eater at my house, and I had prepared another dessert for the rest of the family, I didn't want this one to go to waste. I think we've all learned that gluten-free baked goods and desserts do not keep well outside of the freezer. I wanted this dessert to easily freeze so that my daughter would have a quick treat ready to take to church and neighborhood Christmas parties. I made a few jars full, topped them with a lid and put them in the freezer for later. (Now my only problem is keeping myself from eating them instead of saving them for my daughter! They are soooo tempting!
These treats (or anything you want to put in a jar) can easily be used as a gift. Simple top with my free printable Starlight Mint Mason Jar Lids, add a bow and a candy cane, and you're all set with a quick gift!